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1999 Canada Winter Games

Cornerbrook, NL
Cornerbrook, NL

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February 20 – March 6, 1999


1999 marked a significant year for Newfoundland and Labrador. Not only was it celebrating its 50th Anniversary of Confederation with Canada, but it was also the first time the province had ever hosted a Canada Winter Games. The Games were comprised of 21 sports located through out 14 different venues. The opening ceremonies were themed "Newfoundland and Labrador: From Birth to Awakening", giving focus to the rich history of the province. The Games were marked by local boy, Lee Churchill, who won three gold medals in cross country skiing within the first few days of competition and helped give Newfoundland its highest medal count ever. The 1999 Canada Games Medal encompasses Newfoundland and Labrador’s beauty and heritage highlighted by the image of an Atlantic Puffin perched on the coastline with a replica of Hant’s Harbour lighthouse in the distance. The closing ceremonies ended the Games, with Newfoundland’s own Ennis Sisters performing a song specially written for the 1999 Winter Games, titled "Good Bye".

Economic Impact

The 1999 Canada Winter Games generated $29 million in expenditures. These expenditures included $19.7 million in operations expenditures, $3.6 million in capital expenditures, and $5.7 million in visitors’ expenditures. The results of these expenditures were felt across the country. More than 4,000 athletes, coaches, and officials participated in the Games. During the two-week competition it was estimated that 5,000 non-local and 10,000 local spectators took in the Games adding to their economic impact.


Total athletes: 2575

Total coaches/managers: 629

Total estimated participants: 15,000


Flag Winner: Ontario

Centennial Cup: Manitoba

Jack Pelech Award for the province displaying the best sportsmanship: Newfoundland and Labrador

Did you know?

  • St. John’s, Newfoundland was the host site of the 1977 Summer Games.
  • The Maritime Archaic Indians were the first inhabitants to the area almost 9,000 years ago.
  • The 1999 Canada Winter Games logo is made up of three main elements: a maple leaf, a whale’s tail, and the Games’ title.
  • The mascot for the 1999 Canada Games is Newfoundland’s provincial bird – the puffin, and was nicknamed Tauttuit (pronounced tow-tweet), Inuitiut for "many colors".
  • The theme for the 1999 Games was "The Dream is Real".

Cornerbrook, NL
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